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Dechinta Events

As our programs at Dechinta continue to grow, we have witnessed the transformative impact that intergenerational land reconnection has on the strength, knowledge, and wellbeing of the Dene communities that we work with. As we have grown over the past few years, we have been able to offer more programs to students and community members that are committed to revitalizing and practicing Dene culture. In doing so, we have seen how a culturally-informed curriculum fosters a sense of cultural pride in communities while increasing individual confidence around local protocols, practices and skills.

Check below for upcoming events!


Upcoming Dechinta Events

of the Land and Water | Celebrating Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Ways of Being
Wednesday January 31st - Friday February 2nd, 2024
Various Locations, Whitehorse

Dechinta is excited to announce our upcoming multi-series event in Whitehorse - 'Of Land and Water - Celebrating Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Ways of Being.' Please join us for three days of events that celebrate Indigenous sexualities, genders and ways of being. Events include facilitated conversation with sisseton-wahpeton oyate academic and scholar of indigenous sexualities, Dr. Kim Tallbear, plus drag performances by Dene/Metis creative, T’áncháy Redvers, and local Dene creative, Ames Val, and more! Click here to visit the event page



  • No registration required! 



QUESTIONS? Email Lianne Charlie at 


Past Dechinta Events

Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet’aɂà Book Launch and Handgames in Whitehorse
Wednesday January 11th, 2023 | Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Dechinta is excited to announce our upcoming book launch and hand games event in Whitehorse next Wednesday, January 11th from 6:00-8:30pm at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre! 

Authors from Dechinta’s recently published book, Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet’aɂà, will be doing readings. This will be followed by hand games - bring your drum! There will be a limited number of books for sale at the event as well for $25.00 (cash only!)

We will begin at 6:00pm in the multipurpose room of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural centre, light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal Launch in Yellowknife 
In collaboration with Aurora College and Hotii ts’eeda 

A few weeks ago, Dechinta hosted the Yellowknife launch of the Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal in collaboration with Aurora College and Hotii ts’eeda! We welcomed a number of people and contributors at the event who discussed and exchanged stories, research, philosophy, and art from the journal. 
The inaugural theme of the journal issue is Education in the North. We are also proud to feature in an article written by four of our Dechinta staff: Rachel Cluderay, Rena Mainville, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Kelsey Wrightson. 
To read the journal, visit:

Three Generations of Yukon First Nations Women Talk Indigenous Politics: 1970s to the Future

Date: Thursday February 9, 2023
Time: 6:00-8:30PM
Location: MacBride Aurora Hall, MacBride Museum, Whitehorse, YT

February 14, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the submission of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow, a document written by the Yukon Indian People/Yukon Native Brotherhood and submitted to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1973. Its submission marks the beginning of land claims negot
iations in the Yukon. Present throughout this and the last fifty years of Indigenous politics in the territory are Yukon First Nations mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties women of the political movement, like Shirley Adamson (TKC), Dorothy Smith (RRDC), and Mary Maje (RRDC). Hear their stories of mothering, learning, sharing, translating, advocating, listening, remembering, leading, visiting, mobilizing and resisting throughout the last five decades. Their experiences will be put into conversation with two Yukon First Nations women of the next political generations, Jewel Davies (CTFN) and Lianne Charlie (LSCFN) Light refreshments will be provided.

Northern Student Research Gathering: Share research, connect with others
Thursday August 17th, 2023 | 10-3pm at the Explorer Hotel, Downtown Yellowknife

Connect, share and support other Northern summer students by signing up to participate in our Northern Student Research Gathering, hosted by Aurora College and Dechinta.
Click this link to sign up:
Please note: there are no travel stipends or honorariums available for particpation. We encourage interested participants to reach out to their supporting organization for financial support if needed.

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